02 September 2006

What mission accomplished?

My blood continues to boil.

On 01 May 2003, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished", and had the hubris to declare, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

That was 1,220 days ago.

Since then, 2,505 more U.S. troops have died, bringing this morning's total up to 2,642.

Think about it:

Three and a half years ago, Bush said we won. Yet people keep dying on both sides. The occupation is far more costly, in so many ways, than Bush's initial "victorious" battle of Iraq.

Just check out this week's day-by-day dead U.S. troop count:

• Sun 27 Aug: 2,621
• Mon 28 Aug: 2,624
• Tue 29 Aug: 2,630
• Wed 30 Aug: 2,637
• Thu 31 Aug: 2,639
• Fri 01 Sep: 2,641
• Sat 02 Sep: 2,642

This morning I was actually pleased for a moment to find that the count had increased by only 1 for a change.

And the civilian body count is in the tens of thousands (at least). That's tens of thousands of innocent iraqi men, women, and children.

How many more must die for Bush's agenda?

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